Exhibitors on the night consisted of: Air Mauritius, Veranda and Heritage, Attitude Hotels, Sunlife, One & Only, Constance Hotels, LUX* Hotels & Resorts, Beachcomber, Marriott and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.
Agents had a chance to mingle with suppliers during a drinks reception before speed-networking with suppliers in quick ten-minute meetings.
The evening ended with a prize draw in which agents had the chance to win a five-night stay at Sunlife’s Long Beach property, a two-night stay at One & Only Le Saint Geran, Champagne and more.
Prakash Patel, from Hays Travel, found the evening to be very informative, saying: “Mauritius is proving a very popular destination for 2023 so it was great to meet with some key suppliers and get more information on what it has to offer.
“Great venue, really good service and lots learnt about this fabulous destination,” he added.
News from the night included the re-opening of Veranda Grand Baie in July 2023 following an extensive refurbishment which includes an infinity pool and new beach bar overlooking Grand Bay.
To celebrate, Veranda is offering a trade discount of 20%, valid for stays from July 1 to October 31 2023. The offer is combinable with the honeymoon discount of 5% and the repeater offer of 10%.
Mauritian hotel group Sun Resorts has recently rebranded as Sunlife. Made up of four luxury hotels in Mauritius: five-star Sugar Beach, five-star Long Beach, four-star La Pirogue, and four-star Ambre, along with private island Ile aux Cerfs, Sunlife has undertaken a transformation across its whole portfolio.
The latest development from JW Marriott Mauritius comes in the form of The Grand Beachfront Villa, the largest private villa in the Indian Ocean. Positioned on a secluded section of white sandy beach, the villa can sleep up to eight adults and eight children and comes complete with its own butler and around-the-clock chef. There’s also a private fitness centre, steam room, jacuzzi, infinity pool and three plunge pools, plus a sun-soaked deck with loungers.
Arvind Bundhun, Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said: “’We’ve had a very encouraging response from the UK market looking to return to Mauritius this year and have so much new product for them to experience.
“From exploring the national parks, beaches and clear waters to the amazing culinary offering and meeting locals, adventure seekers, families and couples can enjoy a range of activities from hiking, kayaking with dolphins, catamaran cruises and e-bike tours exploring the island – in addition to relaxing and spending time in hotels.”
Learn more about the suppliers in the event’s digital guide.